Aquatic Center supports swimming lessons,
summer fun

The Aquatic Center opens for the season June 3

321 James Ave., Albert Lea, MN

For season passes, swim lesson registration, group rates or questions, contact:

Albert Lea Recreation Office
701 Lake Chapeau Drive, Albert Lea, MN  56007

The center offers:

    • Zero-depth splash pool with interactive play features
    • 226-foot water slide
    • Main pool from 3.5 to 13 feet deep
    • Diving well with 1-meter diving board
    • Climbing walls
    • Shade umbrellas
    • Family bath house
    • Handicap-accessibility

Public swimming hours

    • Monday – Friday: 1 – 5 p.m. (day) and
      6:30 – 8 p.m. (evening)
    • Saturday – Sunday: 1 – 7 p.m.

Day admission

    • $4 for ages 3 and older
    • $1 for children ages 7 months to 2 years
    • No fee for infants under 7 months old
    • $2 for non-swimmers

Evening admission

    • $2 for ages 3 and older
    • No charge for ages 2 and under

Season specials

    • Mondays: Grandparent Day. 1 free grandparent admission with 1 paid swimmer.
    • Tuesdays: $2 admission for everyone ages 3 and older.
    • Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays: $2 per person to lap swim from 11:45 a.m. – 12: 45 p.m.

Season passes:

    • Family pass: $120 + tax for 4 family members living in the same household with $20 + tax per each additional family member living in the same household
    • Individual pass: $65 + tax
    • Caretaker pass: $35 + tax (babysitter, nanny or personal care attendant)

No refunds or rain checks.

Cash or credit cards accepted at the Aquatic Center.

Deep water testing: 

To swim in the deep end and diving well, children under age 14 are required to take a deep-water test, and upon successful completion, wear a wristband. Test includes:

    • Swimming 34 yards in a front crawl.
    • Tread water for 30 seconds.


Ask a lifeguard or manager for more information.

For more information:

Dani Bakken
Recreation Coordinator
[email protected]

Check out our summer fun guide for information on swimming lessons, recreation programs and special events!

Proposed projects would sustain the pool long-term

In a referendum April 9, 2024, city voters approved borrowing funds for the following projects, which total $1.15 million.

Replace water heating systems: After 25 years of use, the heating systems for water in sinks, showers and the main pool need replacing. $275,000
Replace the electrical system: The electrical system is greatly corroded and needs replacing. $176,000
LED lighting: Replacing the fluorescent lighting with LED technology throughout the center would greatly reduce the energy used for lighting. $22,000
Replace play features in kiddie pool: After 25 years of use, the play features in the splash pool, or kiddie pool, need replacing. $107,000
Limited remodeling to enlarge the concession area and provide more  options for entering the facility: Moving the entry would allow users to choose whether to use the women’s, men’s or family-friendly/gender-neutral changing areas. The concessions area would increase from 130 to 300 square feet. It would also offer a service window for people in nearby rec areas, including the pickleball and basketball courts, to order concessions without having to pay to enter the Aquatic Center. $570,000